To me, clips are a perfect way to watch a lot of Mel Brooks. If you haven’t seen the film, you may lose a little from not having the total context of the film, but as you will see – if you like the humor – clips work pretty damn well…There are a few exceptions, but the way he wrote lends itself to watching “bits.” After all, comics write and perform bits, so there you go.
orson wells narrates – of course. mel, clearly getting off on playing moses, throws in some yiddish, satirizes religion and belief in a few brilliant seconds – who else can do this? well, many have satirized belief and religion brilliantly, but so much is contained in the dropping of those “extra” commandments…brilliant.
this bit has almost all of the elements that make Mel great. it satirizes and/or pokes fun at bureaucracy, empire, man’s inhumanity to man (and women), philosophy, language, show biz and comedy itself – which is coupled with the inside show biz joke about swifty lazar, and throws in some slapstick at the end for good measure.